Recipients from Allen, Ashland, Crawford, Erie, Fulton, Huron, Lucas, Marion, Mercer, Putnam,
Richland, Sandusky, Wood, and Wyandot counties
Ohio EPA is awarding more than $2.1 million this year in grants to 23 local governments, businesses, and nonprofit organizations throughout central Ohio to implement recycling, litter prevention, market development, and scrap tire recycling programs. Statewide, the Agency is issuing more than $5 million in grant funding to 89 recipients with $3.2 million specifically for community and litter prevention programs.
Local governments and other entities use these grants for litter collection, education programming, and the disposal of scrap tires through amnesty collection events. All local cleanup efforts involve the work of volunteers and take place on public property. Some of these grants tie into a statewide litter campaign, A Little Litter is a Big Problem, announced by Governor Mike DeWine last year to prioritize and promote the conversation around litter in Ohio.
Projects approved for funding (rounded down to the nearest dollar) include:
|Ashland County Solid Waste Management District||$48,026||Tire collection events and education and outreach campaign|
|Bowling Green (Wood County)||$116,638||Playground paving|
|Bowling Green State University (Wood County)||$28,000||Anti-recycling contamination campaign|
|CLI Incorporated (Huron County)||$100,000||Purchase a mini rear loader truck for recycling events|
|Crawford County Solid Waste Management District sponsoring Innovative Recycling||$149,250||Purchase a baler/logger, delivery, and installation of the equipment|
|Harding Township (Fulton County)||$2,400||Litter drop-off events|
|Joint Solid Waste Management District of Defiance, Fulton, Paulding, and Williams Counties sponsoring Werlor, Inc.||$196,484||Purchase two bobcats and two lift trucks|
|Lima-area Habitat for Humanity ReStore (Allen County)||$55,000||Purchase a box truck and wrap|
|Lucas County Solid Waste Management District||$70,000||Purchase surveillance cameras and outreach and education supplies|
|Marion County Recycling and Litter Prevention||$2,000||Keep America Beautiful renewal, cameras to reduce illegal dumping, and litter cleanup projects|
|Mercer County Solid Waste Management District||$4,720||Litter cleanup projects|
|Ohio Association of Litter Prevention and Recycling Professionals (Wood County)||$3,000||Conference sponsorships and assistance|
|Ottawa/Sandusky/Seneca Solid Waste District||$33,880||Tire amnesty events|
|Port Authority of Allen County||$300,000||Purchase rubber peeling equipment for scrap tire recycling|
|Putnam County Solid Waste District||$200,000||Purchase equipment to create a second sorting line for recyclables|
|Richland County Regional Solid Waste Management Authority||$80,000||Litter collection event and purchase a truck to run a school recycling program|
|Sandusky (Erie County)||$24,000||Dumpster rental and disposal/recycling fees, litter collection supplies|
|Toledo (Lucas County)||$400,000||Litter cleanup, tire amnesty program, outreach and education supplies, and construct a walkway and parking lot paving|
|Toledo Christian Schools (Lucas County)||$476||Collection and processing costs for existing recycling program|
|Toledo Science Center (Lucas County)||$51,316||Purchase glass crusher, recycling containers, and outreach and education materials|
|Wood County Solid Waste Management District sponsoring Phoenix Technologies International, LLC||$200,000||Purchase a PET flake sorter for sorting colored plastics|
|Wood Lane Industries (Wood County)||$41,028||Purchase a pick-up truck and truck lift|
|Wyandot County Solid Waste Management District and Recycling Center||$10,000||Tire amnesty event|
|Keep Ohio Beautiful (Statewide)||$80,000||Litter collection and special venues|
Community and Litter Grants are available to local governments, parks or health departments, state colleges and universities, solid waste authorities, and nonprofit organizations or Keep America Beautiful communities to support and expand community recycling and litter prevention efforts. Market Development Grants assist businesses that purchase equipment and infrastructure for successful markets of recyclable materials and related products. Scrap Tire Grants provide financial assistance to Ohio’s businesses, communities, and nonprofits seeking to convert manufacturing operations into facilities that accept scrap tire material, expand tire processing, or use scrap tire material in construction projects or manufactured products. Academic Institution Grants are available to public and private K-12 schools, colleges, and universities for recycling efforts as well as outreach and education, recycling equipment, and conference sponsorships.
The Ohio Environmental Protection Agency was created in 1972 to consolidate efforts to protect and improve air quality, water quality and waste management in Ohio. Since then, air pollutants dropped by as much as 90 percent; large rivers meeting standards improved from 21 percent to 89 percent; and hundreds of polluting, open dumps were replaced with engineered landfills and an increased emphasis on waste reduction and recycling.